Teeth whitening and Cosmetic dentistry
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is an interdisciplinary branch of dentistry that unites almost all fields of dentistry. It is often unjustifiably considered as cosmetic surgery in one’s mouth because the ultimate goal is still natural harmony of a nervous system, teeth, and gums. As cosmetic dentistry became a part of every dental therapy, at Dental center Čes we perform procedures with excellent aesthetic results.
A smile is one of the first things people will notice on you. A beautiful smile will give you confidence as well as improve your private and professional communication.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure which is used to change the existent color of teeth through a chemical reaction for whitening in a color which is a few shades lighter. Before the procedure itself, it is necessary to clean the teeth from any deposits and protect the gums. The procedure is around an hour long and the result can be seen immediately.
It is important to note that whitening does not affect the color of an arch, bridges, veneers, or fillings, which is why it is necessary to replace them after the completion of the treatment so that the difference in color would not be observable.
Teeth whitening is not harmful to teeth, nor does it damage enamel, unlike similar abrasive agents which are sold in stores. Abrasive „whitening“ agents can eliminate stains from coffee or tobacco smoke, but they cannot lighten the teeth color, which is why it is necessary to be careful about what you are buying. The only side effect of teeth whitening is hypersensitivity which disappears after one or two days.
Ceramic veneers or simply veneers are thin and transparent scales which are glued, i.e. cemented on a prepared front surface of teeth. Their role is to change the color of teeth and correct their shape. In case you have problems with damaged or colored enamel (due to the use of antibiotics, smoking, i.e. bad habits), problems with worn or damaged teeth or some dental anomalies such as increased spacing or smaller rotations of teeth, ceramic veneers are a great solution for you.
They enable completely natural appearance because several colors of porcelain are used in the manufacturing process, while the installation itself usually requires only two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, a teeth impression is taken, the front surface of teeth is minimally grinded or not grinded at all (non-prep veneers) and temporary veneers are installed. Permanent dental veneers are then manufactured in a laboratory and are cemented onto teeth after a few days.
Ceramic veneers represent a quick and efficient solution, and they last around 10 to 15 years, depending on oral care.
Crowns are prosthetic supplements manufactured in cases when a tooth is so damaged that a seal, i.e. filling cannot be used. There are several types of crowns, i.e. materials from which they are made; metal ceramic, zircon ceramic, completely ceramic.
A metal ceramic crown is the most common choice due to its acceptable price and rather good functional and cosmetic features though a separation of a metal edge is possible in case withdrawal of gums occurs.
Completely ceramic crown is of the same quality and durability (5-8 years), though due to its more natural appearance, it is a better cosmetically option. Also, teeth grinding for a completely ceramic crown are less extensive than for a metal ceramic crown.
Zircon ceramic crown is the most modern type of a crown which, due to its computerized manufacturing and biocompatibility of zircon represents the safest and best choice in prosthetic teeth care.
In crowns and bridges, maintaining of hygiene is the most important thing. Using an interdental toothbrush and regularly visiting a dentist will ensure your bridge lasts for years. Also, we recommend using a dental floss, as well as rinsing with fluoride solutions before going to bed.
Cosmetic fillings supplement teeth structure in cases which do not require a large degree of restoration of tooth tissue. In the past, they were made out of amalgam. Besides having an unnatural metal appearance, its installation also required grinding of the healthy part of teeth. Materials which we use for manufacturing ‘fillings’ today are cosmetic (colored like teeth), have excellent mechanical properties and perfectly attach to teeth structure.
If a tooth is too damaged (especially a tooth whose nerve has been extracted) and cannot bear the load which occurs during chewing together with the filling, we recommend production of a crown.